AFTER more than 46 years of working as part of The Gympie Times, editor Nev McHarg, is retiring and will finish work this week.
His decision to move on with the next phase of his life was made some weeks earlier and announced to staff a fortnight ago.
"I've made the decision that now is the right time to move on after more than 46 years. It will be hard to leave an industry that has been a big part of my daily life, but it is time," Mr McHarg said.
"I started as an apprentice hand and machine compositor in November 1966 and since then have worked as a camera operator, printer and for half of my newspaper life as a journalist.
"The work has always been challenging and a never ending learning experience.
"The Gympie Times has always been a champion of this community and there have been many issues we have stood up for on behalf of our readers.
"I have had the privilege to work with some of the best people in the newspaper industry and have made many friends along the way.
"It has been an honour to be editor of The Gympie Times.
"It is the oldest business in Gympie, first edition being printed on February 15, 1868, less than six months after gold was discovered in Gympie."